Joseph A. DeFazio
President and CEO
PE (NY, AZ, GA, NC, OH, PR , VA, WV)
As President & CEO of one of ENR’s Top 500 design firms in the US, Joe DeFazio is responsible for the firm’s strategy, growth and culture. Joe is focused on leading the company’s mission, A better world through knowledge and leadership. He is passionate about creating a work environment that is engaging and positive for our most important asset, our people.
Clients appreciate Joe’s ability to listen and understand their needs and objectives before suggesting solutions. Joe is a licensed professional engineer and a licensed contractor. This background benefits our clients in that he can recommend engineered solutions and develop construction strategies that are tailored to accomplish the goals of his clients.
Joe has been with Wendel for over 24 years. Prior to being named as the Company’s CEO, he led the growth of our Energy Efficiency business into a nationally recognized practice. In addition, for the past 15 years, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Wendel Companies.
Get to know Joe…
What fundamental business lessons have you learned from your experience as an engineer?
Clear and frequent communication is the key to a successful business relationship.
What do you feel is the biggest strength of our company?
Without a doubt, it is the technical expertise of our people. Our clients seek us out because of their talent and their collaborative approach to projects.
Most memorable Wendel moment?
The most memorable moment for me was when I was asked to become a partner. I am so honored and proud to be part of the 80+ year history of our company. The current leadership is focused on the next 80 years. I think I will be just as proud when the next generation of leaders assume control and continue our tradition of excellent work.